Saturday, December 20, 2008

[Food Photo Experiment] Black is Back!

YUM! Another series I have been working on. Instantly a favourite theme this season. It seems everyone is getting into something more rather than just bright light or high key lights on food photos. You need to get out of your comfort zone for once in a while, don't you?

It's not that I am discomfort with black background or everything in black, but it is another extra attempt for the experiment sake. Knowledge can't be stopped in just finding new things in your square box, ey?

Anyway, the series I've uploaded is on black. You know what? Not as easy as it looks. Lighting plays an important role here, I can say. For I am only using natural light, there I also am playing around with composition and tones. There's no smaller light or umbrella reflectors whatsoever to support the images. I don't even need any of those.

Here are the results. Like it or not, it is a MUST for you to do it yourself :)

onion in black

"Onion in Black".
I thought I pictured one breast, but it is true it is more like an eye ball or rather. Taken in one late afternoon when it was so quiet. The light is coming from the my kitchen windows. I got around 100 photos of this and it is only this one I am satisfied with.

EXIF data:
ISO: 200
Focal length: 50.0mm
Exposure time: 1/50
Aperture: f/1.4
Camera Model: Canon EOS 400 D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM


berries in black

"Berries in Black" #1
Harvested more berries from the garden.
I used black background using black cloth. There's one note I am taking here with the styling, though. The red colour coming from the two strawberries are quite a dominant tone in here, together with the woven bamboo mini basket pattern. I should have arranged the strawberry on the front to the left side of basket rather than letting it on vertical mode with the one in the basket.

EXIF data:
ISO: 200
Focal length: 50.0mm
Exposure time: 1/20
Aperture: f/1.4
Camera Model: Canon EOS 400 D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM


berries in black2

"Berries in Black" #2
Using the same berries with different bowl, made by my husband.
The background I use as the backdrop is the bricks from the old fireplace indoor. The light is still coming from the kitchen windows. I only use a door from my pantry to hold the direct light from the left side of the object. I used soft focus just the last minute as I am looking at the overall result. I just like the softness of the image on this one.

EXIF data:
ISO: 200
Focal length: 50.0mm
Exposure time: 1/50
Aperture: f/1.4
Camera Model: Canon EOS 400 D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM


Hey, let me know what you think!

4 comments:

Mochachocolata Rita said...

kerennnnnn! keliatan beda! :)

Coffee and Vanilla said...

Wow, Arfi, that is the most beautiful photo of onion I have ever seen! :)

Arfi Binsted said...

Rita: makasih :)

Margot: hehehe... thanks, Margot.

mge said...

You make onions look like more than just onions.

That's a compliment. A weird one :P